Review of Can You Hear Me Now? By Annie O’Sullivan

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Annie O’Sullivan’s Can You Hear Me Now is a haunting story that I will never forget. This story of a little girl and the abuse she suffered is heartbreaking. I like that the story was told in the present tense, as if everything is happening right now. As the reader, I felt like I was walking on Annie’s journey with her. It made the story even more compelling because I could see each action and feel her emotions as if I was there with her.

Annie is very brave to have written such a personal and powerful story about her life and the abuse she suffered by the hands of her father. The courage and commitment to picking her life up and standing up against child abuse is amazing and admirable. I truly enjoyed reading about Annie’s survival. It is encouraging to me to learn about what it took for her to get to where she is today.

Although this story is hard to read in some parts because Annie does not dumb down or minimize the abuse that she suffered, it is an incredible story because it is a true story about a courageous person. There is a lot that we can take from Annie’s story. One thing I was able to take from her story is the encouragement to speak up and speak out about child abuse. If you know someone who is suffering, or someone has suffered and is afraid to speak out, encourage them to. Can You Hear Me Now is about speaking up and speaking loudly. Bravo Annie, for your courage and strength in speaking up and telling your story! I hear you. We all do.

A Review For: An Umbrella For Alex by Rachel Rashkin-Shootm MS, Psy.D

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An Umbrella For Alex is a story about a boy who whose mother suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder. The story is told from young Alex’s point of view. In the story, Alex explains what it’s like to have a mother with BPD. He describes her unpredictable mood swings like the weather. He says it can often be “stormy” or “cloudy”. Alex calls his father an “umbrella” because he helps him feel better about his mother’s disorder. Alex’s dad helps him cope by explaining to him that none of what his mom is going through is his fault. Therefore, showing that Alex has a positive outlook on the situation, even though, he does admit that it is hard and confusing. In the end, young Alex says that it’s good to have someone to talk to and people who care and understand. He has his father, friends, that he plays with, including one that has a father who also has unpredictable moods, and a therapist named Dr. Gillman.

 

Overall, I thought An Umbrella For Alex was smart and educational. It explained what it’s like to have a parent that suffers with BPD from a child’s point of view. It was very clear, and it was written in a way to make the reader think. It asked questions so that readers can try to relate as they read about Alex’s journey to understanding and coping with his situation at home. I think this story is brilliant because not only can children get something from it, but adults can as well. It can be used as an educational tool for parents to explain BPD to their children. An Umbrella for Alex is a refreshing read because it doesn’t make BPD sufferers seem hopeless and hard to understand. It sheds light on the topic of personality disorders with a positive message that we can be our own umbrellas and be umbrellas for others.

 

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